What's in your head?

I find myself inundated by memories wherever I go. Thousands and thousands of memories – all of them significant in their own way.

Some of them are glorious, however far too many others are excruciating. Does every human possess a heightened ability to recall moments of acute embarrassment and relive the indignity all over again as though it were yesterday, or is it just me?

An airbag saved my life

Radiohead’s OK Computer archives have been released in extraordinary fashion. But while many are (rightly) celebrating their continued ability to disrupt conventional marketing and music industry practices, all I really care about is Airbag…

The Age of Un-Useless

Celebrating Kenji Kawakami, founder of the art of Chindogu: the un-useless invention. More than 20 years since Kawakami first lit up the world with his beguiling nonsense, life has once again imitated art and has, once again, ended up getting things horribly, horribly wrong.

Prisoners of Rock 'n' Roll

What happens when the world stops listening? To me this is the single greatest fear that every musician, singer and songwriter must confront over the course of their creative lives. How should one respond when one’s audience no longer cares, or worse, when it disappears entirely?

It's Christmas time

It’s Christmas time and there’s no need to be afraid.

Except that I am afraid. This time of year is my Achilles heel, a consistent vulnerability exposed every twelve months, as society around me swings in one direction and I swing in quite the other.

Gig Etiquette

There is a time in everyone’s gig-going life when they start to feel distinctly Sumerian in age. Here follows the ultimate evidence of my descent into middle-aged gigging: my own, non-comprehensive and highly subjective guide to appropriate in-venue decorum.